International Women's Day

International Women's Day r1 ... Today, 8 March, is International Women's Day.

As the IUF has just explained on their website:

"International Women's Day traces its origins to March 8, 1857 when textile workers on New York's Lower East Side demonstrated for their rights. On an international level it was launched in 1910 at the 2nd International Socialist Women's Conference in Copenhagen and first celebrated in 1911 by millions of workers in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. International women's Day is a product of the socialist labour movement, and it remains as true as ever that union membership is the best defense against discrimination."

LabourStart launched a special page of news about the struggles of women workers a few years ago. It is updated every day in many languages. You can find the page here:

And here are just some of the stories we've run in the last two days:
  • Global: This International Women’s Day, let’s call time on gender-based violence
  • Ireland: Aer Lingus drops mandatory make-up rule for cabin crew
  • Ireland: Bus Éireann looking to put more women in the driving seat
  • Canada: Insulator climbs union ranks to become first female vice-president
  • USA: Program Launched to Increase Women in Construction Trades Unions
  • New Zealand: Nurse to tell Select Committee how being underpaid affects her life and all society
  • New Zealand: International Women's Day-Friday March 8th
  • Portugal: Raising minimum wage reduces gender inequality - Workers' union
  • Global: International Women’s Day Needs to Return to its Radical Roots
  • UK: Union branches out to protect sex workers’ rights
  • Montenegro: March 8th Marks 100 Years Since First Women's Protest in Montenegro
  • UK: Pay gap means women in education ‘work free 95 days a year’
  • Europe: ETUC launches Women’s Day call for vote for gender equality in European elections
  • Global: IndustriALL calls for a strong ILO convention addressing gender-based violence
  • Australia: Fulham Prison nurses escalate industrial action this week
  • Philippines: From exploited to empowered – my journey as a domestic worker
Where else on the web can you find so much news about women workers all over the world?

But we know we're missing stories too -- and we need your help.

We'd like YOU to volunteer to be a LabourStart correspondent to post more news like this -- especially news about women workers and their struggles. Can you help us? If so, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Thank you -- and happy International Women's Day!

Eric Lee
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